SUTTON Bridge’s new £500,000 community centre was officially opened on Saturday by the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Tony Worth.
Peter Clery, chairman of the community centre committee, described it as a “brilliant” weekend which saw over 300 people attend on the Saturday and hundreds of youngsters enjoy a free disco on the Sunday.
The centre, funded mainly with money from the Sutton Bridge power station fund, is called the Curlew Centre.
It has been built with the help of contributions from Lincs County Council and a major contribution from Sutton Bridge Parish Council.
While the structure is complete, some rooms have still to be fitted out.
Mr Clery said comments from villagers who looked around the centre have been very favourable with many people saying they had no idea what the building housed.
It boasts a main hall/sports hall, kitchen and rooms to let.
The community centre will be home to the parish council, Citizens Advice Bureau, health trainers and other advisors.
Community groups are already booking space within the centre and Mr Clery explained still to be fitted out is a library, upstairs function room and there are future plans for a much-needed children’s nursery.
The main hall is called the Diamond Hall and the function room is the Jubilee Room.
Mr Worth unveiled a commemorative plaque and also in attendance was the local MP, John Hayes.
Sunday’s children’s party was free as the cost had been funded by a local farmer.